complexion

noun
com·​plex·​ion | \ kəm-ˈplek-shən How to pronounce complexion (audio) \

Definition of complexion

1 : the combination of the hot, cold, moist, and dry qualities held in medieval physiology to determine the quality of a body
2a : an individual complex of ways of thinking or feeling
b : a complex of attitudes and inclinations
3 : the hue or appearance of the skin and especially of the face a dark complexion
4 : overall aspect or character by changing the complexion of the legislative branch— Trevor Armbrister

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Other Words from complexion

complexional \ kəm-​ˈplek-​shnəl How to pronounce complexional (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl \ adjective
complexioned \ kəm-​ˈplek-​shənd How to pronounce complexioned (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for complexion

Synonyms

color, coloring

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Examples of complexion in a Sentence

She has a dark complexion. All of the children had healthy complexions. The complexion of the neighborhood has changed over the years.
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UConn’s move to the Big East and football’s extrication from the American Athletic Conference cemented Edsall’s legacy, in a way, or at least has the potential to change the complexion and wording of that legacy. Mike Anthony, courant.com, "Mike Anthony: How Randy Edsall’s legacy could be cemented or simplified by UConn’s move to the Big East," 30 June 2019 But seriously, that was a good day for David, where one swing can change the complexion and momentum of the game. Kyle Newman, The Denver Post, "David Dahl’s grand slam propels Rockies to first series victory in San Francisco in over two years," 26 June 2019 The trio of complexion products, which launches on July 26, stays true to McGrath's style and brand, providing a bonafide system that allows users to create that trademark glowing skin the makeup artist brings, season after season, to the runway. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Pat McGrath Is About to Launch the Ultimate Foundation System," 12 June 2019 From their shops and restaurants along North Orange Avenue and Virginia Drive, the merchants who have been staples in Orlando’s Ivanhoe Village for decades have watched the neighborhood’s skyline take on a new complexion. Caroline Glenn, orlandosentinel.com, "Ivanhoe Village merchants ‘excited and terrified’ to see how new apartments change the neighborhood," 7 June 2019 Or change the complexion of a match entirely, such Martina Hingis’ infamous meltdown against Steffi Graf in the 1999 French Open final, 20 years ago Wednesday. Washington Post, "Choreography comes to clay: No replay review at French Open," 5 June 2019 But the formulas of the past were light on any lasting benefits, and often left a white-ish cast on the complexion. Kari Molvar, New York Times, "Modern Primers for Naturally Glowing Skin," 19 Feb. 2018 The Hamilton Common Pleas Court ruled that the streetcar company could not discriminate based on race or complexion. Carol Motsinger, Cincinnati.com, "These women have been written out of history books. This project is putting them back in," 10 June 2019 The man was described as Hispanic, mid-20s to mid-30s, 5-foot-5, 150 to 170 pounds, dark hair, medium to light complexion, wearing a white T-shirt and dark-colored pants or shorts. Chicago Tribune Staff, chicagotribune.com, "Chicago police issue alert about 3 sexual assaults in Lincoln Park," 6 June 2019

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First Known Use of complexion

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for complexion

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin complexion-, complexio, from Latin, combination, from complecti

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complexion

noun

English Language Learners Definition of complexion

: the color or appearance of the skin especially on the face
: the general appearance or character of something

complexion

noun
com·​plex·​ion | \ kəm-ˈplek-shən How to pronounce complexion (audio) \

Kids Definition of complexion

: the color or appearance of the skin and especially of the face a fair complexion

complexion

noun
com·​plex·​ion | \ kəm-ˈplek-shən How to pronounce complexion (audio) \

Medical Definition of complexion

1 : the combination of the hot, cold, moist, and dry qualities held in medieval physiology to determine the quality of a body
2 : the hue or appearance of the skin and especially of the face a dark complexion

Other Words from complexion

complexioned \ -​shənd How to pronounce complexioned (audio) \ adjective

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